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  • Chocolate too bitter? Swap sugar for mushrooms Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 21- An upstart U.S. food technology company has developed a unique fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans that it believes will cut sugar content in chocolate candy.

  • It once owned a handful of stores in New York City, Seattle and Philadelphia but closed most, including one in Times Square, in 2010.. At the same time Starbucks Corp last week opened its first store in Colombia 43 years after the world's biggest coffee chain began buying beans from the country famous for its premium arabica coffee.

  • Pain of Atlantic City casino closings far-reaching Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 4:23 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Yomary Blanco cleans rooms at Trump Plaza, one of three Atlantic City casinos that could shut down by September. Her husband works the buffet at the Showboat, which is scheduled to close on Aug. 31.

  • Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:36 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania received its third bond downgrade in two years Monday, after Gov.

  • The talk was canceled at the request of attorneys for Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where the speakers work as researchers, the spokeswoman, Meredith Corley, told Reuters.

  • Canadian firm buying Pennsylvania's PBS Coals Inc. Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    Corsa Coal Corp. of Toronto plans to merge PBS with its Wilson Creek Energy, based in Somerset.

  • July 21- Delta Air Lines Inc, trying to boost savings on manufacturing of jet fuel, said on Monday it reached a five-year agreement with a Dallas energy company for 65,000 daily barrels of U.S. crude oil to be supplied to its Pennsylvania refinery.

  • CBS Outdoor to buy billboards from Van Wagner Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK— CBS Outdoor Americas Inc. said Monday that it will buy about 1,100 billboards from rival Van Wagner Communications for $690 million in cash, giving the outdoor advertising company control of more billboards in some of the largest cities around the country.

  • NY building shows how mod design stacks up as cool Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK— In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It's billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation's apartment capital.

  • Atlantic City doomed by glut of casinos in region Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City's casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers. James Whelan, a former Atlantic City mayor.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Details of court ruling on 2012 gas drilling law Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    Details of Thursday's Commonwealth Court ruling on a lawsuit challenging aspects of a 2012 law that updated Pennsylvania's oil and gas drilling regulations:. —The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's power to withhold drilling fee revenue from municipalities whose zoning it deems to illegally restrict drilling activity.

  • Court further limits reach of gas drilling law Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— A Pennsylvania court has further limited the reach of a major 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations, ruling Thursday that state public utility regulators cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry.

  • WASHINGTON, July 17- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to sustained momentum in the economy even as home building fell for a second straight month in June.

  • Factory growth fastest in 3 years in Philly region Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region surged in July, expanding at its fastest pace in more than three years, as new orders, shipments, and hiring all rose. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said Thursday that its index of regional factory activity rose to 23.9 in July from 17.8 in June.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    Rejected Fox bid for Time Warner shows growth mood. NEW YORK— In a move that aims to counter consolidation among TV distributors, Rupert Murdoch's Fox has made an unsolicited takeover offer for rival media giant Time Warner for about $76 billion in cash and stock.

  • Las Vegas Sands 2Q profit rises 27 percent Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 5:49 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. said its second-quarter profit rose 27 percent due to continued growth in Macau, but earnings missed analysts' expectations and suffered in June as bettors focused more on their World Cup wagers than on the casino tables.

  • Fewer gas leaks found in cities with new pipes Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 5:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group. Boston and Staten Island averaged one leak per each mile mapped.

  • WASHINGTON, July 16- Two U.S. senators on Wednesday unveiled a bill prompted by the General Motors Co recalls over defective ignition switches that would make it a crime for corporate officers to conceal dangers posed by their products.

  • *Intel climbs on earnings, outlook. *Time Warner rebuffs $80 bln bid from 21st Century Fox. Time Warner shares jumped 16.4 percent to $82.63 as the best performer on the S&P 500 after Twenty-First Century Fox confirmed it made an $80 billion takeover offer for the company that was turned down.